The Raven by Mike Nappa *PLUS Giveaway!*

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The Coffey & Hill Series, Book 2

What a unique story! I really enjoyed this book, except for one brief scene that had a little bit of violence. However, that was tastefully written and didn’t get overly graphic. I loved having the multiple perspectives from the different characters. They were all well written, and I could easily learn the personalities of each one. This was a story that really stuck with me. I thought the spiritual threads were well written as a natural part of the story and weren’t forced upon the reader. The Raven goes through some things, recalling what he learned in his youth and is drawn back to God.

Plot: The Raven is a deception specialist, which is a fancy term for a street magician. When he tries to blackmail the wrong person, he finds himself in deeper trouble than he can handle. Trudi Coffey is a private investigator, and along with her ex-husband, Samuel Hill, they’re investigating rumors of a planned attack, known as ‘Nevermore’. Added to the mix is store owner Mama Bliss. The four of them all will get mixed up in this dangerous plot and they may not all survive.

Characters: The story is told from the first person narrative of The Raven and the third person points of view from Trudi Coffey and Mama Bliss. While I’m not usually a fan of first person, The Raven’s scenes were well done. I liked how he was introduced to the story. I wasn’t sure whether he would turn out to be a good guy or a bad guy. The contrast between all the main characters was excellent, ranging from good to evil, but I came to know each one and understand why they did what they did. On a side note, I enjoyed having the Ukrainian Mafia guys as part of the book, as my dad’s family is from the Ukraine. (Note: I have absolutely NO ties to any mafia!) Even though they’re the bad guys, they added a great deal to this book. When even the bad guys are likeable, you know the author’s done a great job writing the characters.

Recommendation: While this wasn’t quite my usual choice of book, I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it to those who enjoy suspense. It’s the first I’ve read from this author and I’d definitely read more from him. This is book two of the series, but it can stand alone. The series revolves around the main characters, so if you’re looking for a happily ever after ending, you’ll have to keep reading until the end of the series.

Rating:  4/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Revell. This is my honest review.

And now for the Giveaway! I have one paperback copy of this book for one lucky reader. To enter the contest, all you have to do is leave a comment! Want to earn extra entries? Subscribe to my blog or share my review. Just say you did so in your comments. This giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only. Giveaway open until Oct. 28th.

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